Thursday, January 22, 2015

Nova Scotia Lighthouse

Hello! I'm going to ask forgiveness for making this post short. I'm managing to get back into the swing of 'creating cards' but photographing, uploading and posting them is still a stumbling block. 

This beautiful lighthouse image is an oldie but goody from Stampin Up. I think this stamp set is among my all-time favorites and I can without a doubt say I got my moneys worth having used it more times than I can count. So many times that his card probably looks like a lot of others I've done.

The fine yarn is reminiscent of rope but it's very soft and stays pretty flat making it  a nice choice for card making.

I colored this image with my Spectrum Noir Markers, which need some loving-care after sitting unused for quite a long time it's time for some re-inking and nib changing.

Happy Crafting!


Thursday, January 15, 2015

Making Cards for Card Makers

Hello Friends! One of the crafty goals I have this year is to make and send birthday cards to every member in the Facebook card maker's group I am part of. It's not a huge number of cards but knowing that they'll go to fellow card makers can give one just a bit of a pause. Let's be honest when you send a handmade card to your non-crafty friends you're pretty much guaranteed the ohs and ahs that come from people who don't ever delve into anything artistic. (I personally believe that everyone has some artistic abilities but only some take the time to nurture them... but it's a philosophical topic best left to another time.)

This card is one I made to send Pat K. and it wraps up my birthday card list for January. I had colored the image (It's an old digital one, I think it's from Dover Publications) a while back so turning it into a card was pretty quick. The patterned paper is Stampin Up and the sentiment is by Avery Elle. It looks a bit more intensely colored on my screen then it did in person... softer colors in person.

Hope you're staying warm wherever you are!


Saturday, January 10, 2015

Wish You Were A Penguin?

Hello Friends! The weather reports have said that it's below freezing in 87% of the nation so it's probably safe for me to send most of you a 'stay warm' wish. (Oh and please if you're in a sunny, warm climate enjoy it just a little extra for me woulda ya?)

Colored with Spectrum Noir Markers • Papers from my Scrap Box

This cute little guy, from Bugaboo Stamps, would no doubt be happy in this cold weather. This card is destined for my OWH box and then on to hopefully put a smile on the face of some heroes kiddo.

I'm working on using some of those supplies I've accumulated but seldom include on cards and I decided the iridescent sequins would made a fun accent on this card as snow flakes.

Happy Crafting!

Monday, January 5, 2015

Happy New Year

Hello 2015! I hope that you've all enjoyed a beautiful holiday season and are looking forward to a shiny, new year. I know I am.

First if you have not yet checked out the traditional Year in Review Bloghop over at the Stars & Stamps Blog, bookmark it and get to it, you won't be sorry.  I didn't do a lot of card making or blogging in 2014 so I opted out this year but I can tell you that it's not always easy to choose favorites and invariably the ones that make it into a card makers top pics are the best of their best and it's a great way to kick-off your craft inspiration for the new year.

Okay on to resolutions. Do you make them? Find them a waste of time? I tend to 'staddle the fence'. I enjoy the 'restart' feeling of a new year and  like to spend some time thinking about what I'd like to do differently in the coming year. One of the things on my 2015 list is to craft more and share it here. (And maybe not just cards).

Image by Stampin Up - RETIRED  •  Sentiment my own custom design  • Scrap Papers from my stash

I've been working on using up odds-and-ends... working on images I printed but never colored, taking ones I colored or extras I'd stamped along the way and finally making them into cards. Using up some of the nicer scraps in my scrap box. Since I have some cards that have been tucked away with the ultimate goal of sending them to OWH my first crafty goal is getting enough done to take advantage of the best postal rate and finally send them on their way. I think this will be a good addition since masculine cards are always in demand and the Thinking of You sentiment makes it flexible enough that it could be used for a birthday, a thank you or even father's day.

Happy Crafting!

Friday, December 26, 2014

Primary Colors — Last Challenge of 2014

Hello Friends, I hope you're enjoying a beautiful holiday season and if you manage to find a bit of crafting time this week be sure to check out the last ODBD (Our Daily Bread Designs) Challenge for 2014. They've been great supporter's of OWH for many years and as many of you know they donate postage for shipping 2 boxes each month based on the participation level. With only a few days to go there are only 32 entries (and we need 50) so I knew that if I did nothing else in terms of card making I wanted this challenge to be it.

This card uses one of the 'State Digis' created by Sandy a long time ago. It was in a pile of pre-printed digis I had and since the Black-Eyed Susan made a perfect choice for a 'Primary Color' challenge it was a no-brainer. I colored it with my (long-neglecetd) Spectrum Noir markers and used paper from my scrap box. I'd originally colored over the Thank You with the red but decided it didn't pop enough so I cut it out of a white copy and the literally 'popped' with some foam tape to add a bit of dimension. My 'hand-cutting' is less than perfect but an acceptable recovery/improvisation... or at least I hope so. :)

Happy Crafting!
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